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3 December 1862: “The captain of the said schooner acknowledges his intention of running the blockade.”

Item description: “Report of Commander Parker, U. S. Navy, regarding the chase of the schooner Brilliant and the capture of the schooner Emma Tuttle. To read more from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War … Continue reading

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19 November 1862: “I have to-day sent over to Charleston three negroes belonging to Nassau, West Indies. They formed part of a crew of a small schooner which, loaded with salt, was endeavoring to run the blockade…”

Item description: Report of Brigadier-General Whiting, C. S. Army, commanding defenses of Cape Fear River. To read more from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, click here. Item citation: Official records … Continue reading

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5 October 1862: “Colonel Shaw’s body servant says the troops have left, and are in the vicinity of Wilmington, on account of yellow fever. The conscripts are from 14 to 50 years old. Many of them ran away.”

Item description: “Report of Acting Rear-Admiral Lee, U. S. Navy, regarding affairs in and about Wilmington, N. C., and the inefficiency of the blockade.” The report discusses naval actions near Wilmington, North Carolina, including reports of contraband, blockade activities, a … Continue reading

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4 September 1862: “during all this time our battery was trained on her & it would av taken less time to a blowen her out of the watter, than what it takes me to relate it.”

Item description: Report, dated 4 September 1862, from the log book of the U.S.S. Oneida. The report details the successful attempt of the Confederate cruiser Oreto (also known as Florida) to run the Federal blockade. Item citation: From the Oneida … Continue reading

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12 August 1862: “They would be of great-service here enabling me to assist vessels running the blockade and drive off the blockaders.”

Item description: Letter, 12 August 1862, from Col. George A. Cunningham, Commandant of Fort Caswell (N.C.), to Col. Collett Leventhorpe, colonel of the 11th North Carolina (and in charge of the defenses for the District of Wilmington). Item citation: From … Continue reading

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5 April 1862: “The rebel steamer ‘Nashville’ running the blockade at Beaufort, North Carolina.”

Item:  “The rebel steamer ‘Nashville’ running the blockade at Beaufort, North Carolina.” Harper’s Weekly, April 5, 1862, p. 209. Citation: “The rebel steamer ‘Nashville’ running the blockade at Beaufort, North Carolina.”  Harper’s Weekly, April 5, 1862, page 209 (illustration).  From … Continue reading

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25 October 1861: “THE SPIES of the Lincoln government are gone or cut off.”

Item description: An article from The Daily Journal of Wilmington, North Carolina, describing the efforts of the United States Navy and Union spies to capture ministers from the Confederate States of America, who sailed on the steamer Nashville, presumably for … Continue reading

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16 September 1861: “Intercepted an American schooner with released prisoners on board from Hatteras Inlet. She was boarded by the U.S.S. Union…”

Item description: General report of Flag-Officer S. H. Stringham, U. S. Navy, commanding Atlantic Blockading Squadron, transmitting reports of vessels boarded and captured by the U. S. ships Dale and St. Lawrence. To read more from the Official Records of … Continue reading

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6 August 1861: “yesterday our town was in a very great state of excitement, early in the morning a few of us went to the top of Dr. Clay’s house to take a look at the blockading vessels which are seen almost every day…”

Item description: Photostat of a letter, dated 6 August 1861, from Norman Brownson, Fernandina, Fla., to Henry Summer, Newberry, S.C., giving news from Fernandina and describing military bustle and blockade running in Florida. [Item transcription available below images.] Item citation: … Continue reading

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